— WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar is the favorite in the online betting odds for his match against CM Punk at this Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view. Until this point, since the betting lines opened, Punk had been the favorite the entire time. It is interesting to note for those who keep track of betting odds, especially since the infamous “Dolphins predictions” story that surfaced on Reddit recently. You can follow the odds online at 5Dimes.eu, among other online gambling websites.
— WWE issued the following press release on Tuesday:
WWE(R) Studios and Anchor Bay Join Forces to Distribute Jason Momoa’s “Road to Paloma”
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug 13, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — WWE(R) Studios WWE and Anchor Bay Films announced today that they have jointly acquired distribution rights in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand to Boss-Media’s Road to Paloma, Jason Momoa’s directorial debut. The film, which is set to release in the United States later this year, is co-financed by Frank Mancuso Jr.’s Boss-Media and produced by Momoa and Brian Andrew Mendoza’s Pride of Gypsies with Jamey Pryde serving as executive producer. Robert Homer Mollohan co-wrote the film with Jonathan Hirschbein and Momoa. Momoa is currently working on the latest, original scripted series by the Sundance Channel, The Red Road, in which he has been cast to play the lead role.
In Road to Paloma, Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) stars as Robert Wolf, a Native American, who is being hotly pursued by the FBI for having taken the law into his own hands after a brutal injustice occurs when his mother is raped and killed on their reservation. Wolf crosses paths with Cash (Mollohan), a down and out musician, and an unlikely bond is formed as they motorcycle across the vast highways of the American West in search of redemption.
“Jason is a genuine triple threat with his writing, directing and, of course, acting talent. He has delivered a gritty, provocative and powerful film. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce it to audiences through our continued collaboration with our partners at Anchor Bay,” said President of WWE Studios, Michael Luisi.
“Anchor Bay’s partnership with WWE Studios, which kicked off with last year’s release of The Day and continued with No One Lives, has been a perfect match,” remarked Kevin Kasha, EVP of Worldwide Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “With Road to Paloma, we’re thrilled to partner again with WWE Studios and present Jason Momoa’s stunning feature directorial debut.”
Additional cast members include: Lisa Bonet (High Fidelity and The Cosby Show), Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest and Bullet to the Head), Michael Raymond-James (True Blood and Jack Reacher), Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans and Avatar), Timothy V. Murphy (Sons of Anarchy and The Lone Ranger), and Chris Browning (Sons of Anarchy and The Book of Eli).
Bradley Buchanan, SVP of Business and Legal Affairs, negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios.
About WWE Studios
WWE Studios produces a diverse slate of feature films for theatrical and direct to home release through distribution partnerships with global entertainment companies. The WWE’s film division led by President, Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA and continues to create content for audiences of all ages. Most recent films produced by the studio include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga(R), Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett(R), The Marine 3: Homefront with WWE Superstar The Miz(R) in the third follow-up in the explosive Marine adventures, and 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded, the second installment in the action franchise, starring WWE Superstar Randy Orton(R). Upcoming films for WWE Studios include Christmas Bounty, an action comedy starring WWE Superstar The Miz and Francia Raisa, premiering on ABC Family November 26, 2013 and releasing on Blu-Ray/DVD on December 3, 2013 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery which pairs WWE Superstars with Scooby and the gang releasing direct to home spring 2014 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment; a reboot of the Leprechaun franchise directed by Zach Lipovsky starring WWE Superstar Hornswoggle(R) distributed by Lionsgate in spring 2014, and The Flintstones another Warner Brothers Animation feature releasing in early 2015 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment which joins Fred, Barney and the whole Bedrock gang with stone age versions of WWE Superstars and Divas.
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About Anchor Bay Films
Anchor Bay Films is a division of Anchor Bay Entertainment and provides quality distribution with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and offers distribution capabilities in other key territories. Anchor Bay Films uniquely offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability on all platforms and an international solution extending beyond the United States. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. Upcoming theatrical releases include Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Carstarring Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon and Ray Stevenson and Nothing Left to Fear, the first release from iconic rocker Slash’s production company Slasher Films. Films in its library include the recent theatrical release of Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison and genre favorite Ken Foree, 10 Years starring Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson, the critically-acclaimed comedy City Island starring Andy Garcia and Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas as well as Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken, Toronto Film Festival award-winner Beautiful Boy with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen and Cannes 2011 premiere Corman’s World. Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz STRZA +1.65% STRZB -1.05% business, www.starz.com.
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